Our Board is convened from stakeholders who provide a broad range of expertise and interest. They represent behavioral health and / I-DD, primary health, public and private providers and payers, advocates, and key state and local partners. This diversity embodies the collaborative spirit at the core of our work and ensures that all voices are heard at every stage of i2i planning.
Mr. Kurtis Taylor is a person in long-term recovery. For him, this means that he has not used alcohol or any other substance since December 23rd, 2002. Mr. Taylor obtained his bachelor’s degree in social work from Shaw University in May of 2019.
For many years, Kurtis Taylor has been a voice for citizens seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorders. He was an appointed member of Governor Pat McCrory’s Task Force on Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder. He is currently serving as Chairperson for the NC Substance Use Disorder Federation, as a member of the NC Departmental Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC), chairperson of the board of directors for i2i Center for Integrative Health, and a board member for the Emerald School of Excellence – the first Recovery High School in North Carolina.
Presently, Mr. Taylor serves as the executive director of the Bob Barker Foundation, where he is committed to helping reduce recidivism rates, nationwide. Under his leadership, the Foundation is committed to the elimination of stigma attached to the subject of reentry & justice-involvement. Mr. Taylor is an extremely vocal advocate for all citizens faced with the challenges that accompany reentering society after incarceration, and he is proud to serve in this capacitity.
Robert Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Health, the public behavioral healthcare managed care organization for the 1.8 million citizens of Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston counties in North Carolina.
Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Justice from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Norfolk State University. He is a Licensed Certified Addictions Counselor with over 23 years of both clinical and managerial experience in the public and private behavioral healthcare fields with a focus on program and system development.
Before assuming his current position at Alliance, Mr. Robinson served as Chief Operating Officer and in that role was instrumental to the creation of the company in 2012. Prior to that time he served The Durham Center in Durham, NC as System of Care Administrator and then Deputy Director. He helped oversee the development of Durham’s nationally-recognized system of care and during his tenure The Durham Center received the Excellence in Community Collaboration Award from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.
Mr. Robinson serves on the board of directors of the Association of Community Affiliated Plans. He has considerable experience in multiple facets of managed care operations and is considered a respected voice within the public behavioral healthcare system in North Carolina.
Tom Savidge, MSW, Chief Executive Officer of Port Health Services, developed the organization he now leads in 2004. Through his efforts, Port Human Services established a continuum of substance abuse and mental health services for children and adults including out-patient, day treatment, residential, and partial hospitalization programs. In addition to his clinical knowledge, Tom is skilled in grant writing, budget management, and training.
Tom has served on numerous state and local boards. His committee involvements have included the North Carolina Legislative Oversight Committee for Mental Health Reform, NC Division MH/DD/SAS External Advisory Team, and NC Legislative Oversight Committee Task Force on Substance Abuse. He also assisted in the development of the NC State Youth and Adolescent Substance Abuse Five Year Plan.
Tom earned both his Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Luanne Welch is President and CEO of Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, an industry leader supporting 20,000 children, adults & families living with intellectual and behavioral health challenges.
With more than 35 years of non-profit experience, Luanne is recognized as a turnaround leader, reorganizing financially challenged organizations and positioning them for sustained, healthy growth. In addition, she is adept in portfolio management, service line mission/finance analysis, strategic execution and leadership talent development. Mission driven, Luanne is passionate about influencing culture change, promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and developing leaders and teams where employees feel valued and encouraged to use their voices.
A graduate of NC State University, Luanne serves on the Board of Trustees of Benchmarks NC, Board Secretary of i2i Center for Integrative Health, Vice Chair of UCP Regional Affiliate Council, and Advisory Board Member at Open Minds.